Record editorial: After a quarter century, Park City Leadership continues to bolster community |

Record editorial: After a quarter century, Park City Leadership continues to bolster community

Being a graduate of the Park City Leadership program is certainly not a prerequisite to seeking local elected office. Nor is it necessary in order to serve on the board of a nonprofit in Summit County or run a successful business in the area.

But after all these years, one thing is clear: Those who have such ambitions — as well as those who simply want to become more engaged residents — have benefited from the guidance of Leadership Park City, the yearlong program aimed at teaching participants about the inner workings of the community and preparing them to take on larger roles within it.

After 25 years, the list of graduates from the program is as impressive as it is long. All sorts of prominent figures in Park City (including four of the five members of the current Park City Council, for example) count themselves among its alumni. And as the program welcomes its 26th class this fall, it continues to stand as an example of the good that happens when people are willing to get educated and get involved.

For a quarter century, the broader Park City community has reaped the rewards.

Leadership Park City continues to have many more applicants than it can accommodate, which says plenty about both the program and our community. We have our problems — big ones with no easy answers, such as a lack of affordable housing, congestion on the roads and how to manage growth. What we don’t have is a shortage of folks who want to contribute to solving them.

Members each year learn about topics like the workings of local governments, as well as about what it means to be a leader in a small community. Participants also have the opportunity to take part in the annual City Tour, joining public officials on a trip to learn from other communities facing similar challenges.

While the window to join Leadership Park City this year has closed, anyone who wants to roll up their sleeves would be wise to consider applying in the future.

It won’t necessarily put someone on a fast track to occupying an elected position at the Marsac Building or County Courthouse, but those who participate leave better equipped to join forces with others who are passionate about Park City and help ensure the future of the town they love remains bright.

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